Deacs Have Strong Showing in 2017-18 Season Opener
Dec. 3, 2017

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeTrack)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The Wake Forest men's and women's track and field programs opened the 2017-18 season with a strong showing at the UNCG Early Bird Duals Sunday at the JDL Fast Track. The Demon Deacons claimed nine event titles, four on the track and five in the field, along with 19 top-five finishes in their first meet of the season.

The Deacs swept the pole vault competition as Luke Annichiarico cleared the 4.30m bar for the men and Tesia Kempski won the women's competition after clearing the 3.80m bar, matching a personal best.

Also in the field, Alexandria Florent dominated the women's high jump, clearing the 1.70m height, while Alva Hicks, in her first-ever shot put competition, won with a best mark of 13.02m. Hicks would go on to finish first in the weight throw as well with a mark of 19.37m.

The event titles on the track came from John Archie in the 800m with a time of 1:56.22, Robbie Barr in the mile at 4:21.96 and Cydney Delley in the women's 400m with a time of 57.92.

The women's 4x400m relay team consisting of Delley, Maya Hinton, Jordan Banks and Sarah Johnson also took the event title with a time of 3:52.52.

Along with the nine event titles, the Deacons also recorded five second place finishes. Dakota Greenwalt finished second in the men's 800m with a time of 1:56.70 while Angelos Vasileiou took second in the mile at 4:23.25.  Johnson took second in the women's 200m with a time of 25.69 while Haidyn Turner finished second in the women's pole vault competition with a cleared height of 3.35m.  

The men's 4x400m A team consisting of Kaleb Bryant, Archie, Matt Konigsberg and Greenwalt finished second with a time of 3:24.23.

Twelve freshmen made their Demon Deacon debut on Sunday and combined for multiple top-10 finishes. In the field, Janese Lynch finished third in the shot put competition with a best mark of 12.35m while Turner and Darby Deutsch finished second and fifth, respectively, in the pole vault.

On the track for the freshmen, Tommy Johnston and John LePino finished third and sixth in the mile with times of 4:23.95 and 4:29.78. Delley won the 400m with Grace Hofferber taking seventh in the event with a time of 1:00.17. Kristen Haynes finished seventh in the mile, crossing the line at 5:36.22, and Brionne Pyles took sixth in the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.12 to wrap up the individual events.

Delley was a member of the women's 4x400m team that took the title while Noah Shute, Mark Smith and LePino were all members of a men's 4x400m team that finished eighth.

Senior Jordan Banks recorded a pair of personal bests in Sunday's meet. Banks finished fifth in the long jump with a mark of 5.40m, replacing her previous best of 5.33m, and eighth in the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.16, eclipsing her previous best of 9.57.

The Demon Deacons will now take a break until Jan. 13 when they travel to Annapolis, Maryland for the Navy Invitational.

Men's 60m
11. Noah Shute, 7.12
26. Kaleb Bryant, 7.24

Men's 400m
11. Matt Konigsberg, 52.00
17. Mark Smith, 53.93

Men's 800m
1. John Archie, 1:56.22
2. Dakota Greenwalt, 1:56.70

Men's Mile
1. Robbie Barr, 4:21.96
2. Angelos Vasileiou, 4:23.25
3. Tommy Johnston, 4:23.95
6. John LePino, 4:29.78

Men's 4x400m Relay
2. Kaleb Bryant, John Archie, Matt Konigsberg, Dakota Greenwalt, 3:24.23
8. Noah Shute, Mark Smith, John LePino, Robbie Barr, 3:37.61

Men's Shot Put
18. Jacari Bearden, 9.44m (30-11.5)
24. Mitch Earley, 4.49m (14-8.75)

Men's Pole Vault
1. Luke Annichiarico, 4.30m (14-1.25)

Women's 60m
17. Brionne Pyles, 8.19

Women's 200m
2. Sarah Johnson, 25.69

Women's 400m
1. Cydney Delley, 57.92
7. Grace Hofferber, 1:00.17
9. Maya Hinton, 1:00.42

Women's Mile
7. Kristen Haynes, 5:36.22

Women's 3000m
4. Beatrice Boylan, 10:34.14

Women's 60m Hurdles
6. Brionne Pyles, 9.12
8. Jordan Banks, 9.16

Women's 4x400m Relay
1. Cydney Delley, Maya Hinton, Jordan Banks, Sarah Johnson, 3:52.52

Women's Shot Put
1. Alva Hicks, 13.02m (42-8.75)
3. Janese Lynch, 12.35m (40-6.25)

Women's Weight Throw
1. Alva Hicks, 19.37m (63-6.75)

Women's Long Jump
5. Jordan Banks, 5.40m (17-8.75)
15. Brionne Pyles, 4.93m (16-2.25)

Women's Pole Vault
1. Tesia Kempski, 3.80m (12-5.5)
2. Haidyn Turner, 3.35m (10-11.75)
5. Darby Deutsch, 2.90m (9-6.25)

Women's High Jump
1. Alexandria Florent, 1.70m (5-7)



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